Balancing Drought and Wildfire Risk

ASHLAND, Ore. — Homeowners will have to balance the risks of wildfire with the need to conserve water this summer, as the region goes through a drought. Local fire agencies said people can take steps to reduce water use and still prevent grass from drying out. Ashland Fire recommends homeowners water the areas within 10 … Continue reading »

Rain Impacting Illinois Valley

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The rain that’s soaking the region is good news for anyone worried about water supplies and wildfire danger later this year. While several inches have come down in the last few days on the west side of the Cascades, most streams in southwest Oregon are containing the runoff. Water gushes down … Continue reading »

Public Works Watching Water Levels

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Public works employees in areas with flood risks are getting ready for rain and rising river levels. They say the dry weather leading up to these storms has helped them prepare. The Josephine County Public Works Supervisor says employees have been out clearing downed tree limbs and clearing culverts in recent … Continue reading »

Farmers Keeping Calm in Face of Drought

TALENT, Ore. — Drought-like conditions continue throughout the state of Oregon, and some farmers say they are starting to grow concerned, but they are not ready to declare a disaster quite yet. Only a little over half of an inch of rain has fallen in the Rogue Valley this year, but farmers are remaining optimistic. … Continue reading »